23 things to do in Calgary this week January 30 to February 5

Jan 30 2017, 9:10 pm

Now that Calgary winter is feeling a little bit more like we know it, it’s time to get out of hibernation.

From Chinese Lunar New Year festivities to the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest kicking off, there’s lots to do.

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Human Bonspiel – AKA life size curling

  • What: As part of Calgary’s Corporate Challenge off-season events, anyone with a team of 4 can participate in this fun winter activity. Often compared to life size curling, each teammate will have 3 rounds to be launched along the ice and make it closest to the button. If you win you’ll be invited to participate in the finals on February 10.
  • Where: 228 8th Avenue SE
  • When: January 30 to February 10
  • Cost: $150 per team of 4

Macaron 101 Baking Class with MakerYYC

Take the opportunity to learn something new this January while bonding with old friends and making new ones. Choose from a variety of different workshops happening around the city this month that will either tantalize your taste buds or give you something fun to take home that can represent the beginning of a fabulous year.

  • Where: Ollia Macarons & Tea – 810C 16th Avenue SW
  • When: January 17, 24 and 31
  • Cost: $100/ person

Cheer on the Calgary Flames

  • What: After the last few games the Flames could use your help! Grab your jersey, a dome beer, some nachos and help cheer them on Wednesday night.
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When: Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm vs Minnesota Wild

High Performance Rodeo

  • What: One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, is the largest festival of its kind in Western Canada, featuring theatre, music, dance and more.
  • Where: Various locations around town
  • When: Now until February 2

Banff + Lake Louise: Snowdays

  • What: Winter is more than just cold and snowy, as it is a season that brings majestic frosty views, fun activities a beautiful memories at all ages. Banff National Park invites us all to celebrate the magic of winter in its month long festival of Snowdays, featuring a variety of events, shows and activities that combine history, culture and winter traditions that the whole family will enjoy. Check the website for daily events and activities!
  • Where: Throughout Banff National Park
  • When: January 13 to February 5
  • Cost: Varies per event

PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival

  • What: Multiple exhibits and installations can be found throughout Calgary during the 3rd event of this kind. According to the host of the event, Emmedia, the star of the show will be an art form that is ever changing and growing while also integrated with technological processes.
  • Dates: February 2 to 4
  • Where: Various locations around Calgary including EMMEDIA – 351 11 Avenue SW (2nd Floor), University of Calgary – 856 Campus Place NW (5th floor), TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary – 2009 10th Avenue SW and more.

 The Audience

  • What: If you saw the Netflix Original, “The Crown” you’ll be familiar with the Queen’s famous weekly meeting with the Prime Minster, called an audience. This spectacular performance will replay some of the most famous audience’s throughout Queen Elizabeth’s reign, with many familiar political faces making an appearance, such as Churchill, Thatcher, Cameron and more. Take a peak at the woman behind the crown, the most famous and influential yet private woman in the world.
  • Where: Max Bell Theatre – 1201 5 St SW
  • When: January 24 to February 18
  • Cost: $45-$64

Go skating outdoors

  • What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
  • Where: Various rinks throughout Calgary
  • Cost: FREE

Star Treck: The Starfleet Academy Launch Event Night

  • What: Calling all Treckkies! You’re invited to be to be the first in Calgary to witness the unbelievable traveling exhibition, “Star Treck: The Starfleet Academy Experience”. As we know most of you have been waiting your entire lives for this ultimate fan girl/ boy experience and your dreams are about to come true, as you will get the chance to have a photo-op with ALL three Star Treck celebrities, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Garrett Wang – but just wait, it gets better! Not only will you have first access to the show, but you will get a customized autographed photo, an opportunity to learn to speak Klingon, guide the U.S.S. Enterprise through the maze of threats and access to an on-stage panel discussion with the 3 celebrities – we’re blowing your minds, we know. If you do happen to miss this exclusive one-time-only event, the exhibition will be at Telus Spark from February 4 to June 4 – but we recommend that you don’t!
  • Where: TELUS Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • When: February 3
  • Cost: VIP: $250, General Experience $95

North East The Show

  • What: The North East is probably the closest to the ghetto that you will find in Calgary. Watch this improvised comedy show and find out just what it’s like to not only grow up, but survive Calgary’s North East quadrant!
  • Where: Loose Moose Theatre – 1235 – 26th Avenue SE
  • When: February 3
  • Cost: $20

Dierks Bentley What The Hell World Tour 2017

  • What: This urban cowboy will be joined by special guests, Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi to bring you an unforgettable night full of toe-tapping country music. These three have an unapologetic chemistry on stage together, which makes this concert a must see for all country fans!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • When: February 3
  • Cost: $30-$85

The Big Bear

  • What: As part of Snowdays, enjoy this FREE family friendly event and cheer on the ski and snowboard pros as they wow you with their crazy tricks and impressive moves. There will be a live DJ, food and beverages, and a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes!
  • Where: The Banff Train station – 327 Railway Avenue
  • When: February 3 and 4
  • Cost: FREE

Canmore Winter Carnival

  • What: Winter in the Rocky Mountains is truly magical and the Town of Canmore invites you to come celebrate this beautiful season with them. For two weeks there will be a variety of snowy, family friendly indoor and outdoor events happening throughout the town, such as Ice Carving Competitions, Log Sawing Competitions, a pooch parade, Snowy Owl Kid n Mutt Races and more!
  • Where: Throughout the town of Canmore
  • When: February 4 to 12
  • Cost: Varies per activity

Arkells with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

  • What: The famous Canadian Rockband, who made their debut in 2008 just released their new album “Morning Report” and are making their way to Calgary to celebrate with you! This new album balances the champagne –room party with the more sobering time that you experience in your late 20’s, where transitions take place and youthful exuberance begins to give way.
  • Where: BMO Centre – 20 Roundup Way SE
  • When: February 4
  • Cost: $40.50

Cheer on the Calgary Roughnecks

  • What: The Roughnecks just recently unveiled their Star Wars themed Jersey’s to play at a game earlier this year, how sweet is that! In all seriousness the Roughnecks are killing it this season and could use your support during their 3 home games this month!
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SW
  • When: Saturday, February 4 at 7pm vs Saskatchewan


  • What: Bootlegging, murder execution – this thrilling drama has it all! Based in the 1920’s during the prohibition era in the Crowsnest pass, this performance works to tell a true story about an important part of Canada’s history.
  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14th Avenue NW
  • When: February 4, 8 and 10
  • Cost: $31-$164

Check out WinSport’s Acura Tube Park

  • What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
  • Where: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park – 88 Canada Olympic Road SW

Banff + Lake Louise: Snowdays

  • What: Winter is more than just cold and snowy, as it is a season that brings majestic frosty views, fun activities a beautiful memories at all ages. Banff National Park invites us all to celebrate the magic of winter in its month long festival of Snowdays, featuring a variety of events, shows and activities that combine history, culture and winter traditions that the whole family will enjoy. Check the website for daily events and activities!
  • Where: Throughout Banff National Park
  • When: Now until February 5
  • Cost: Varies per event

Dog Sledding in Canmore

One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.

Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.

They can be reached by phone at:

Chinese New Year Carnival

  • What:  The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is having their biggest event of the year, celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year – the Year of Rooster. The annual celebration will take place on Saturday and Sunday over 4 weekends, attracting 20 to 30 thousand people with traditional Chinese food, lion dance, firecrackers, fun games, and professional dance performances.
  • Where: The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 1st Street SW
  • When: January 21 and 22 to February 11 and 12
  • Cost: Free admission

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

  • What: Calgary’s favourite, cozy and delicious foodie festival is back for the 6th year in a row! During the entire month of February, be sure to warm up by checking out your favourite cafes, sweet shops and restaurants for their unique spin on everyone’s beloved winter drink. The best part is that a portion of every drink will go towards supporting Calgary Meals on Wheels, an even better reason to indulge in some warm chocolate goodness!
  • Where: At participating locations
  • When: The entire month of February
  • Cost: Price of the Hot Chocolate + $1 will be donated to Meals on Wheels

Seities Studio: The Photographic Blue

  • What: Take a stroll through the Window Galleries of the Arts Commons and see this beautiful exhibit that includes works by Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor. The gallery brings together the aesthetics of the traditional photographic process of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, and the different views of the female identity, body and spirit.
  • Where: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
  • When: December 5 to February 27
  • Cost: FREE

Go Curling outside

  • Where: St Patricks Island has set up a curling lane for public use so everyone can try their hand at the game. You can play in teams, as pairs, or even make up your own rules (just don’t tell anyone)
  • Where: St Patricks Island – 430 8th Avenue SE
  • When: Daily 9am to 7pm until the end of March
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